Triathlons

Apparently there’s a claim that you can’t “PR” (hit a personal record) in all three events in a given race. From a logical perspective, this is silly, and I blogged as such at BeginnerTriathlete.com:

Your logic “can’t PR in all three at once” is true if and only if you are already at your peak physical form. And in any other case, your post is far more discouraging than it might be to average “beginner” types.

For example, let’s say I’m a 36 year old man who has never done a triathlon, rarely runs, never bikes, never swims. I do some modest training, and during the race I struggle with the swim (have to backstroke for a while), do ok on the bike, and then struggle with the run (because I pushed too hard on the bike, and didn’t run enough intervals)

The next year, I do more outdoor running, a bit more biking and maintain my swimming. I do another triathlon and, it turns out, do better in all 3 events than in my first triathlon.

But still, I’m not satisfied. So I sign up for Beginner Triathlete, spend some money and put a lot more time and effort into my training – much longer swims, runs and bikes, at speed. I won’t know for a few weeks, but I expect that I will again beat my previous times in all three events.

But I’m still far, far below my theoretical maximum athletic ability. And as long as I’m not at my absolute 100% peak, there’s always a possibility of improving the times in all three sports.

If you’re at the point where you can’t seem to improve one event without sacrificing in another, congratulations – you are probably close to your physical maximum for the hours you are putting in.

Otherwise, you are absolutely capable of PRing in all three events in a given race.

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